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Indian art –

With a 5000-year-old culture, Indian Art is rich in its tapestry of ancient heritage, medieval times, Mughal rule, British rule, Progressive art and now contemporary art. The earliest recorded art of India originated from a religious Hindu background, which was later replaced by a soaring popular Buddhist art. Moreover, from a timeless era art in India has been inspired by spiritualism and mystical relationship between man and god. Art in India had survived in its homeland and spread from time to time all over the world. This was possible because many kings who recognized budding talent patronized art and themselves were great connoisseurs. Each king has left a deep impression of his affinity to the artist community. Until today, art is patronized by the rich and famous in the country.

All the art that is originated, developed or practiced within the geographical boundaries of the country is ‘Indian Art’. Earlier, the art forms developed and practiced used to have intricate patterns and an exaggerated depiction of the features and curves of the human bodies. Now, many Indian art forms have got a bit revamped and the art forms that are popular worldwide have now been adopted by the artists of India.

History of Indian Art


2nd century BC produced the magnificent cave paintings and they still are a big attraction. The famous Ajanta and Ellora caves in the Deccan jungles of Maharastra can be considered the ancient art galleries that have remained unscathed by attackers. Most of the artwork reflects on the growth of Buddhism during the period which also spread to South east Asia.

The earliest Indian paintings were the rock paintings of prehistoric times, such as the petroglyphs found in places like Bhimbetka rock shelters. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 10,000 years old.

Indian paintings can be broadly classified as murals, miniatures and paintings on cloth. Murals are large works executed on the walls of solid structures

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Story of bani thani 

Bani Thani is an Indian painting in the Kishangarh school of paintings. It has been labeled as India’s “Mona Lisa”.

The painting of Bani Thani is imitated by local artist and is sold in markets. It is a must-have souvenir from India and Rajasthan.

Bani Thani was introduced in Kishangarh court by King Sawant Singh’s mother; as a dancer. Sawant Singh was the 7th king of the kingdom. Sawant Singh was an acclaimed poet who wrote under pen name of Nagaridas. Apart from being a poet he had an inclination towards singers. Bani Thani was a beautiful dancer, singer and a proficient poetess. Sawant Singh’s encounter with her was the beginning of their romantic story. Her beauty and her talent enamored Sawant Singh; she became Sawant Singh’s courtesan. According to some chronicles, Sawant Singh later married her in 1740. It is said that she wrote under the pen name Rasikbihari.

Bani Thani was subject to Nihal Chand’s painting. The portrait of her defined the features of Kishangarh school of Art. The eyes of the portrait were the main attraction of the painting, large curvaceous eyes with arched eyebrows became the signature style. It is said that Sawant Singh was captivated by eyes of Bani Thani and had asked Nihal Chand to draw them. Another theory for such eyes was that they were inspired by the eye of Srinathji; a cult of God Krishna.

The Bani Thani painting had features like elongated nose, beautiful lavish jewelry, traditionally dressed, crowned head. This painting was inspired by the sringar rasa nayika.

The painting of Bani Thani is imitated by local artist and is sold in markets. It is a must-have souvenir from India and Rajasthan.

 

4 Comments

  • Dorothy Finley
    Posted June 10, 2019 8:32 am 0Likes

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    • TRX_admin
      Posted June 10, 2019 8:35 am 0Likes

      The postcards come from the collection of Frantisek Banyai.

      • Christian Spaulding
        Posted June 10, 2019 8:37 am 0Likes

        The postcards come from the collection of Frantisek Banyai, a Prague-based entrepreneur and son of Holocaust survivors who began amassing the collection 40 years ago and continues his search today.

  • Mark Chapman
    Posted June 10, 2019 8:33 am 0Likes

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